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The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power (1991 original; edició 1993)

de Norman Lebrecht

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"There is no profession which an imposter could enter more easily," wrote the violinist Carl Flesch of conducting. The truth may be that "great conductors" exist primarily because we demand mythical heroes, visible leaders, cultural icons. In this vigorous anatomy of power on the podium, Norman Lebrecht argues that the great conductor's musical purpose is secondary to his commercial necessity. Lebrecht traces the rise of the orchestra conductor from Bulow, Richter and Nikisch in the nineteenth century, when composers abdicated responsibility for directing their increasingly unwieldy scores, to the stars of today, masters of the musical world and the media. Lebrecht contends that the supreme example of the omnipotent conductor was Herbert von Karajan, the richest musician in history. With the aid of previously inaccessible material, he exposes the roots of Karajan's career in the Third Reich and on New York's 57th Street. He reassesses the mercurial Arturo Toscanini, looks behind Sir Thomas Beecham's wit and patrician charm, dissects the myriad legends surrounding Leonard Bernstein and examines the fierce professional rivalry between Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado. Portrayed here, too, are the obstacles faced by black, female or openly gay conductors. The author also highlights the phenomenon of the "semi-conductor" in the newly fashionable world of "early music" and lays bare the mounting crisis in a profession where real talent grows ever scarcer--with rare exceptions like Simon Rattle. Finally, he probes the awesome power of Ronald Wilford, who singlehandedly masterminds the careers and fortunes of the world's top conductors through the largest classical music agency, Columbia Artists Management Inc. A lively chronicle of individual ambition and achievement, The Maestro Myth delves into conducting's social, psychological, political and economic dynamics. For music lovers who enjoy having their opinions and prejudices challenged, here is a refreshing iconoclastic history of a profession which has too often been the object of sycophantic reverence [Publisher description].… (més)
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Títol:The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power
Autors:Norman Lebrecht
Informació:Citadel (1993), Paperback
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If you love classical music, you will love this book.
  Mapguy314 | Apr 27, 2021 |
Para los lectores interesados en cuestiones de actualidad, y particularmente los melómanos, que primen los aspectos más factuales frente a los argumentativos, El mito del maestro no necesita grandes recomendaciones. Norman Lebrecht manejó para su elaboración un considerable volumen de fuentes que incluyen archivos, una nada despreciable cantidad de publicaciones periódicas y alrededor de cuatrocientos libros. Por si fuera poco, toda la información archivística y bibliográfica fue completada con entrevistas realizadas por el autor entre 1983 y 1990 a varios de los protagonistas de su historia. Sin embargo, lo más interesante del estudio de Lebrecht no es tanto su erudición como las tesis que argumenta. Para su objetivo –escribir no una historia de la dirección de orquesta, sino analizar el mito del director de orquesta investido de poderes sobrehumanos, narrando sus orígenes y denunciando su papel en el imaginario de las sociedades industrializadas del siglo XX –, Lebrecht se sirve de instrumentos tomados de la sociología y de la psicología, aplicándolos al ámbito de la práctica musical, y sale bastante airoso de la tarea.
  ampapulcinella | Aug 31, 2016 |
The business of recording classical music continues to develop, confounding the dire predictions made in this entertaining book. ( )
  jcolvin | Jul 27, 2013 |
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"There is no profession which an imposter could enter more easily," wrote the violinist Carl Flesch of conducting. The truth may be that "great conductors" exist primarily because we demand mythical heroes, visible leaders, cultural icons. In this vigorous anatomy of power on the podium, Norman Lebrecht argues that the great conductor's musical purpose is secondary to his commercial necessity. Lebrecht traces the rise of the orchestra conductor from Bulow, Richter and Nikisch in the nineteenth century, when composers abdicated responsibility for directing their increasingly unwieldy scores, to the stars of today, masters of the musical world and the media. Lebrecht contends that the supreme example of the omnipotent conductor was Herbert von Karajan, the richest musician in history. With the aid of previously inaccessible material, he exposes the roots of Karajan's career in the Third Reich and on New York's 57th Street. He reassesses the mercurial Arturo Toscanini, looks behind Sir Thomas Beecham's wit and patrician charm, dissects the myriad legends surrounding Leonard Bernstein and examines the fierce professional rivalry between Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado. Portrayed here, too, are the obstacles faced by black, female or openly gay conductors. The author also highlights the phenomenon of the "semi-conductor" in the newly fashionable world of "early music" and lays bare the mounting crisis in a profession where real talent grows ever scarcer--with rare exceptions like Simon Rattle. Finally, he probes the awesome power of Ronald Wilford, who singlehandedly masterminds the careers and fortunes of the world's top conductors through the largest classical music agency, Columbia Artists Management Inc. A lively chronicle of individual ambition and achievement, The Maestro Myth delves into conducting's social, psychological, political and economic dynamics. For music lovers who enjoy having their opinions and prejudices challenged, here is a refreshing iconoclastic history of a profession which has too often been the object of sycophantic reverence [Publisher description].

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